Mum fears bore water may be making kids sick
AN OAKEY mother is demanding answers after elevated chemical levels were confirmed in bore water at her family home.
The woman, who did not want to be named, said the Department of Defence organised tests of her bore water in January and again in late May.
Her home is near the Oakey Hospital, directly south-west of the Army Aviation Centre.
A letter sent by the department earlier this month advised her PFOS readings taken in January were more than 28 times the level recommended by Minnesota Department of Health drinking water guidelines, and the PFOA level was nearly three times the recommended level.
PFOS readings taken in May had reduced to 15.5 times the recommended level, and the PFOA reading had reduced to slightly more than twice the recommended level.
The woman and her husband have lived on their two-hectare property for eight years, having sunk their bore about five years ago.
They generally drank only tank water, but there was a time when dry weather pushed her family, including eight children now aged between 17 and 4, to switch to bore water.
"We lived on that bore water for a good 18 months," she said.
She wondered if a skin condition suffered by her six-year-old son on his leg could be linked to the water.
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They also have horses for their children to ride, chooks for eggs and a few cattle and sheep which ultimately end up on their dinner table.
The animals all drink bore water.
"Does it build up in animals or do they pass it?" the woman said.
"At the end of the day they are for human consumption."
"I am watering my vegetable garden (with bore water) and then we eat the vegetables."
She was also concerned about the value of her property.
"It could just ruin the land (value) here," she said.
"If it turns out that the water does harm the animals, well, this (property) is useless to me, absolutely useless."